The following is information regarding doing retreat or spending time at Lawudo gompa.
Primarily Lawudo is the home of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s family. Secondly it functions as a beautiful and very blessed Himalayan refuge for those who wish to meditate. With these purposes in mind we hope the following information will be of some help in planning your visit and during you time there.
Please observe the 5 precepts during your stay.
- No killing
- No stealing
- No sexual activity
- No lying
- No intoxicants ( including tobacco)
The daily cost per person per day with 3 meals and Daily 3 time tea/coffee is USD $30 or equivalent Nepalese rupees. If possible please contact to Kathmandu Office before going to Lawudo and make your necessary payment in Kathmandu. If you won't be able to contact Kathmandu Office then you can pay in Lawudo.
We are sorry if anyone finds the food, accommodation or amenities too simple and we ask for your appreciation of where you are.
Supplies such as toilet paper and candles are usually available at Lawudo. The cost of these items is not included in the daily room and food cost. For additional supplies, it is best if you bring then with you. If this is not possible you can ask the monk Ven. Tsultrim Norbu (Norbu la) to do small errands for you at the Saturday market in Namche Bazaar if he is going.
During the dry season there is very little water, if any, at Lawudo. Daily needs of water for brushing teeth and washing face and hands can be got from the kitchen. Any additional water for washing cloths or body can be got from the spring. Please do not ask for water to be carried from the spring for you.
Generally Lawudo does not have the means to deliver meals to your room. If this is your wish it must be discussed with the family. This service may be available depending on the season and available workers, but please do not assume that such a service is an entitlement.
Also please do not urinate within the gompa grounds i.e. anywhere other then the toilets.
Please dispose of all garbage properly
- Burn all waste paper. Check with Anila how and where to do this.
- Keep all plastics etc. in a bag and put it in the garbage pit. If the pit is full, please carry out for disposal.
- Please carry out all used batteries.
- Do not put any garbage in the toilet pits.
- Please leave your room clean for the next person
- In order to avoid the danger of fire please do not burn incense in any wall cracks; use a bowl with sand or rice. Please do not burn candles directly on wood, use a candle holder, plate or flat rock.
- Also please do not urinate anywhere within the gompa grounds, please always use the toilets.
We hope that your stay will be enjoyable and rewarding, if you would like to contact us with any comments on your experience of Lawudo please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
What to Bring
- Good walking shoes or boots are necessary.
- Lightweight, collapsible trekking poles are invaluable in providing support and stability especially on those knee-pounding descents.
- If you plan to be there during the winter (October to February) a good quality four season sleeping bag is necessary as are warm socks, thermal underwear, a warm hat, and warm cloths in general, it gets very cold.
- During the monsoon (June to September) a rain jacket with a hood is a must and a small collapsible umbrella is also very useful.
- A down jacket is good to have no matter what time of the year you are there as it is always cold at night.
- At Lawudo’s altitude the burning power of the sun is strong so if you intend being there during the summer months (April to June) make sure you have a pair of good sunglasses, a hat and maximum protection sunscreen.
- Sufficient toiletry supplies, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper etc. to last for the duration of your stay. If you run out of any items it may be possible to get them in Namche Bazaar if someone is going.
- A Torch (flashlight) with rechargeable batteries (there is electricity at Lawudo).
- Water Bottle.
- A camera, the views are stunning, except during monsoon.
- A small medical kit containing plasters for cuts and also for foot blisters, tablets for headaches, (at this altitude it is common to suffer for headaches for the first few days), antiseptic cream, and medicine for stomach problems like diarrhea and constipation.
NEW RATE FOR RETREATANT AT LAWUDO GOMPA
- RATE – USD $30 or or equivalent Nepalese rupees per day per person (Rate subject to change) Due to the situation after the earthquake that has made life in the Khumbhu region more expensive, Lawudo has revised it's rate to $30 per day. THE NEW RATE OF $30 WILL TAKE EFFECT STARTING JANUARY 1st, 2016.
- FACILITIES – ROOM, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, TEA, COFFEE & HOT WATER. FREE ACCESS OF LIBRARY.
- REASON – A) LAWUDO IS AT REMOTE AREA OF NEPAL WHERE EACH AND EVERY DAILY NEEDS IS TO BE CARRIED FROM NAMCHEBAZAR A NEARBY MARKET.
B) DUE TO PRICE HIKE IN EACH AND EVERY THING.
C) LABOUR CHARGE OF PORTERS ALSO INCREASED.
D) NO FACILITIES OF TRANSPORTATION WHICH MAKES COMPULSION TO HIRE PORTER TO TAKE THINGS TO DISTINATION. E) Due to price hike in each and every commodities old rate is not enough to cover the expenses so we increase the rate. Due to remoteness of Lawudo the transportation cost of commodities is so high which cause more expensive to buy necessary commodities in Namche Bazar.
Due to geographical condition and climate Almost of all commodities will transport by air.
** SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.
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